The Men from Hyde – Albert Jubilee Barnes

Albert Jubilee Barnes was born on 12th November 1887 to Charles and Mary Jane Barnes; he was named after Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee, celebrated in June that year to mark her 50 years on the throne. Charles was brought up at 6 St Thomas Street, his father working as a stableman. Charles and Mary Jane married in Birmingham in 1878, and they can be found in the 1881 census at 35 Tower Street with their first baby. Charles followed his father’s line of business and worked as a cabman.

In the 1891 census Charles, described as a coachman, is living at 4 Hyde Church Path with his family, including 3 year old Albert.

In the 1901 census the family is living at 3 Hyde Church Path. Albert, aged 13, is a printer’s compositor, a skilled job.

At the age of 18 Albert joined the Royal Navy to serve 12 years. His service number was 310323. On his service record he is described as 5’5 ¾ “ tall with brown hair, grey eyes and fresh complexion. He has an array of tattoos: a palm tree, snake, sailor, woman, bracelet on right forearm; rings on 3 fingers of right hand; snake, butterfly, woman, beetle, bracelet on left forearm; rings on 3 fingers of the left hand. His service record also states that he was a boot maker!

In the 1911 census Albert is serving on HMS Hermes. He is aged 23 and a stoker 1st class. His religion is noted as “CofE”. Albert’s parents are still living at 3 Hyde Church Path. Charles, aged 60, is a labourer at the “Corporation” (city council?). Mary Jane states that she has been married for 39 years and has had 5 children, 2 of whom have died.

Charles Barnes died at the end of 1914 in Winchester, aged 64. Mary Jane remained at 3 Hyde Church Path.

Albert served on 8 different ships, including several times on Victory II. He began as a stoker 2nd class, then becoming a stoker 1st class. Soon after he joined Invincible in August 1914 he became Acting Leading Stoker, and in October 1915 Leading Stoker. He saw action at Heligoland and the Falkland Islands.

Like Alfred Wyatt, Albert was killed on 31st May 1916 at the Battle of Jutland. He was 27 years old. He too is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

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